Today is India’s 70th Independence Day. India, where yoga all began over 5,000 years ago in the Indus Valley. Developed by the Indus-Sarasvati Civilization in India. The word yoga was mentioned in the oldest sacred texts, the Rig Veda. The Vedas also had a collection of songs, mantras and rituals to be used by the Brahmans, Vedic Priests.
On August 15 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru raised the Tri-Colored National flag of India for the first time at Red Fort in Delhi after winning freedom from the British Rule.
Every year Independence Day is celebrated with great enthusiasm all over the country. Large crowds gather in New Delhi, the Capital of India where a special celebration is arranged at Red Fort. The Prime Minister hoists the National flag then delivers an Inspiring Speech and the National Song is played.
With everything that is happening in the World, it is important to remember that much can be achieved through union and non-violence. This morning in his speech, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “We face many challenges to overcome but we have 1.25 billion people to help solve them”.
The celebration ends with song and sweets distributed to all. Many go to share food and clothes with those who are less fortunate to celebrate national spirit and the essence of sacrifice for the greater good.
“You Must Be the Change you Wish to See in the World”
– Mahatma Gandhi